The main research areas of the Doctoral school are:
Environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology
Fluvial and tidal morphodynamics; sediment transport; interactions with vegetation in rivers; ecogeomorphology and ecohydrology; hydro-thermodynamics of lakes. Fluid mechanics and turbulence; non-newtonian fluid mechanics (debris- and mud-flows, snow avalanches). Transport of contaminants in surface and subsurface water bodies and in the atmosphere.
Geophysical fluid mechanics and atmospheric physics; dynamic processes in the atmosphere boundary layer.
Surface and subsurface hydrology; hydrometeorology; stochastic processes in hydrology; non linear geophysics; remote sensing of hydrological phenomena; distributed modelling of hydrological processes and visualization on GIS.
Prevention and control of hydro-geological instability and landslides; protection from flooding; river management; land protection.
Urban hydrology; applied hydraulics.
Doctoral students: Diego Avesani, Giuseppe Formetta, Lavinia Laiti, Sebastiano Piccolroaz, Matilde Welber, Mariapina Castelli, Sabrina Meninno, Karina Cano Paoli, Elena Nucci, Davide Vanzo, Wuletawu Abera Worku, Daniel Zugliani.
Alumni: Massimiliano de Franceschi, Alessandra Marzadri, Gabriele Rampanelli, Alessio Bertò, Stefano Serafin, Oscar Cainelli, Ilaria Todeschini, Bruno Majone, Gianluca Antonacci, Gianluca Vignoli, Silvia Simoni, Marta Castagna, Rossella Luchi, Corrado Pellachini, Mauricio Zambrano, Cristiano Lanni, Lorenzo Giovannini, Valentina Cavedon Simonetta Rubol, Ageel Ibrahim Bushara, Francesca Boso.
Environmental resources management, energy and sanitary engineering
Management of water and energy resources; environmental quality. Environmental data analysis and management; assessment of air and water quality; geographic information systems (GIS), environmental data processing and digital cartography.
Renewable energy and impact of energy conversion processes. Agro-industrial waste exploitation;
energy and supercritical extraction of valuable compounds.
Sanitary engineering; integrated waste management; treatment processes and disposal of civil and industrial waste water; water supply and sanitation in developing countries.
Doctoral students: Daniele Castello, Michela Langone, Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara, Gabriela Ionescu, Pietro Zambelli, Eleonora Bonacci.
Alumni: Loris Dallago, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Vu Van Manh, Martina Ferrai, Nonjabulo Sibisi, Stefano De Toni, Giuliano Rizzi, Paolo Grisenti, Alfonso Vitti, Devendra Prakash Saroj, Elisa Ferrarese, Elena Cristina Rada, Diana Mariana Cocarta, Ramona Nicoleta Dinu, Matteo dall'Amico, Elisa Pieratti, Alessandro Prada, Alessia Giovanardi, Irina Istrate.
Development of new mathematic models and innovative numerical solutions techniques to be applied in the field of environmental engineering (hydrodynamic and geophysical fields, sediment and pollutant transport phenomena, morphodynamic processes, distribution of water resources, hydrological processes).
Doctoral students: Lucas Mueller, Gino Montecinos, Walter Boscheri.
Alumni: Cristobal Castro, Angela Ferrari, Guglielmo Stecca.
Envirnmental planning, landscape architecture and sustainable building
Methods and techniques for design of energy-conserving buildings; conservation and management of the historic and cultural architectural heritage in sensitive areas; methods and techniques for the rational use of resources in producing building components and recycling construction materials; innovative housing projects, especially as regards support for accessibility and higher living standards of weaker users.
Doctoral students: Laur Maturi, Maria Cristina Grillo, Roya Faghaninia.
Alumni: Michela Chiogna, Francesco Passerini
Architecture for the City and the Landscape
Analysis and design methodologies for refused sites recovering like extraction areas and quarries; tourist settlements and facilities design in natural landscapes; mobility systems equipments design for the landscape to shape the environment through aesthetic acts - to knot connections and recover regeneration potentialities, recycling refused contests to new uses possibility.
Alumni: Emanuela Schir, Marco Ranzato, Chiara Azzali, Luca Zecchin, Luigi Siviero
Planning and Design for Sustainable Development
Ecologically oriented planning and design; decision-making, participation and communication procedures; land use change analysis and assessment; environmental impact assessment; strategic environmental assessment; sustainable development methods and processes; town and country planning for developing countries.
Doctoral students: Sara Verones, Marika Ferrari, Lydia Lamorgese, Parveen Kumar
Alumni: Dawa Dorje, Rocco Scolozzi, Elena Bertè, Cristina Mattiucci, Daniele Vettorato, Francesco Orsi, Chiara Bragagnolo, Roberta Nicchia